Cinema: Newsreel, may 20, 1957

¶ For $650,000 down, Producer Sam Goldwyn got the film rights to George Gershwin's Negro folk opera Porgy and Bess. Gershwin's estate and other beneficiaries will get a straight 10% of the movie's gross receipts. Goldwyn, reportedly seeking Calypsinger Harry Belafonte to head an all-Negro cast, plans to release Porgy late next year.

¶ Unwinding a kaleidoscopic, 90-minute CinemaScope preview of its coming attractions, 20th Century-Fox announced that it will soon release 55 feature movies in a twelve-month period. This splurge—raising the question of whether theater-shown films will some day antiquate much TV entertainment—will represent the biggest output of any Hollywood studio...

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